Verse > Anthologies > The Oxford Book of English Mystical Verse > 316. The Rose and the Cross
Nicholson & Lee, eds.  The Oxford Book of English Mystical Verse. 1917.
316. The Rose and the Cross
By Aleister Crowley
OUT of the seething cauldron of my woes,
  Where sweets and salt and bitterness I flung;
  Where charmèd music gathered from my tongue,
And where I chained strange archipelagoes
Of fallen stars; where fiery passion flows        5
  A curious bitumen; where among
  The glowing medley moved the tune unsung
Of perfect love: thence grew the Mystic Rose.
Its myriad petals of divided light;
  Its leaves of the most radiant emerald;       10
Its heart of fire like rubies. At the sight
  I lifted up my heart to God and called:
How shall I pluck this dream of my desire?
And lo! there shaped itself the Cross of Fire!



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